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Tuesday 13 July 2021

So Farewell Then GB News

In a few short weeks, Gammon Broadcasting™ News (“Bacon’s News Channel”) has gone from bright new star of the broadcast firmament to, well, yesterday’s news. The new market entrant, brought to you in glorious Brill-O-Vision™, had a good opening night, went downhill from there, and has continued its downward ratings path ever since.

Yesterday evening, Owen Jones looked at the ratings and concluded “GB News continues its catastrophic collapse. Its audience has halved in a fortnight”. The channel’s weekly reach had declined to less than a third of that enjoyed by Sky News, and less than 20% of that of the BBC News Channel. The audience was 0.3% of the total for broadcast.

Musician Ian Evans perused the numbers today and mused “GBNews were probably useful overall. They made ‘anti-wokeness’ look obviously unappealing and a way to lose advertisers. Some of the worst bigots gambled on them and lost. The public are more aware of why BLM are needed now and how dull its opponents arguments are”.

But why was he talking of the channel in the past tense? Ah well. This may have been not unconnected to an incident earlier today when former BBC man and ex-Tory spinner Guto Harri, who has replaced Colin Brazier on the daytime show co-presented with Mercy Muroki, had talked live on air of “underestimating” racism, and then taken the knee.

As free sheet Metro has reported, “A reporter on GB News took the knee live on air after suddenly realising the importance to make a statement to combat racism in football … Guto Harri said he now ‘gets’ why the England team refused to listen to the critics before taking the knee himself [saying] ‘having seen just how close to the surface how hideously ugly racism among some English fans is, I totally get it why this squad throughout wanted to make a stand, day in, day out, every time they took to the pitch'”. And the result?

Harri’s stance was too much [for some] loyal viewers of the broadcaster who have actually vowed to boycott the channel entirely”. The Brexit Defence Alliance appeared to be one of them. “THOUSANDS TURN-OFF [GB News] AS THEY BEGIN VIRTUE-SIGNALLING TO VIEWERS AND TAKE-THE-KNEE! WHAT HAPPENED TO [Andrew Neil]’s PROMISE OF ANTI-WOKE JOURNALISM? NO BETTER THAN THE BBC. THEY DESERVE TO LOSE WHAT'S LEFT OF THEIR DIMINISHING VIEWERS”. Eh? Speak up!

Battersea bedroom dweller Paul Watson added “GB News' credibility didn't last long. What does this melt think he's doing?” Dick Delingpole, brother of the self-styled saviour of western civilisation, wanted to know “Who’s surprised that GB News turns out to be just another Sky/BBC?” And one Brexiteer brains trust stopped his grey matter hurting long enough to moan “No more GBNEWS for me. This is stoking racism”.

David Conn of the Guardian looked at the slow-motion car-crash and observed “GB News now too woke for its viewers - they need to start another whole new channel”. It was going downhill fast when Brillo left the building, and now it’s going downhill even faster.

GB News was for a time, but not for all time. Just rejoice at that news.

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The Castratos said...

WOKE Up This Morning - Alabama 3
Last verse.
When you woke up this morning everything was gone
By half past ten your head was going ding-dong
Ringing like a bell from your head down to your toes,
Like a voice trying to tell you there's something you should know
Last night you were flying but today you're so low
Ain't it times like these that make you wonder if you'll ever know
The meaning of things as they appear to the others
Wives, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers
Don't you wish you didn't function, don't you wish you didn't think beyond the next paycheck And the next little drink?
Well, you do, so make up your mind to go on 'cause when you woke up this morning
Everything you had was gone, everything you had was gone

Anonymous said...

Is Brillo stilll ogling 15 year old French tatty in his southern French hideyhole? If this lot ends (which I sincerely hope it does), I pray that the BBC permanently strike him off their future politic guests list, desperate Dan wonton gets a grapefruit stuffed up his arse and nana akua equally gets no more invitations to sit alongside storm Huntley vine on their rubbish c5 let’s bate a gammon morning tv show …

Arnold said...

Guto Harri, who has replaced Colin Brazier on the daytime show co-presented with Mercy Muroki, had talked live on air of “underestimating” racism, and then taken the knee.
Probably handed his P45 as he left the building.

The Real Mr.Christchurch said...

But good on him anyway.

Jonathan said...

Andrew Neil & Toby Young landline & mobile nos feature in the Jeffrey Epstein little black book!

Jonathan said...

Hari worked as a BBC Political Correspondent, then went off to work for Boris Johnson in City Hall.

Anonymous said...

Rats will soon be thrown from the sinking ship.

The sooner the entire vessel, crew and owners disappear into the abyss the better for the environment.

Unknown said...

GB News, the media equivalent of a runny backside. A bit stinky, a but sloppy & a pants loads of shit

Anonymous said...


To the demise and impoverishment of every tory cunt, blue or red or yellow, connected with Gammon Broadcast Nerds! May they and their Ku Klux Klan bedfellows fall into the hell they try to create!


Anonymous said...

Well, prepare to cry salt tears all you woke fools, because Nigel Farage has been given a prime slot - and Neil is back.